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14 Tips For Preparing For Your First Magic: The Gathering Tournament

28 January 2014 No Comment

Prepare like champion to enter your first Magic: The Gathering tournament! Here is what you need to know to lay waste to your opponents.

Buy the right cards!

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Yes, you say, this is a simple step. But for those of you who haven't played the game in 20 years, it can be quite confusing. Make sure you know which expansion deck the tournament you are entering is using and buy the appropriate cards to achieve a certain comfort level.

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Learn the cards. Love the cards.

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Magic changes from one edition to the next. These cards a akin to your babies. You want to know what each card can do, when you can use it and how effective it is to your play style.

There are also many new terms for a player getting back into the game. Old terms such as “unblockable” and “deathtouch” still remain, but you are going to have to wrap your head around new abilities such as “bestow” and “reach.”

Sean Fagan

Hire a coach

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If you have a friend who is currently playing Magic, attach yourself like a leech to their side and have them walk you through the changes. Chances are this person is going to very excited to share their hobby with you.

Sean Fagan

Play a few practice games to get your feet wet

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Memorizing the cards and their abilities isn't enough as you are going to want to play test through the various decks and cards to see what feels right and which cards you like. Like riding a bicycle, if you have played Magic before it will come back quickly. But you don't want to go into a tournament without getting a few games under your belt.

Sean Fagan


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